Genesis 25:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:4, NIV: "The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah."

Genesis 25:4, ESV: "The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah."

Genesis 25:4, KJV: "And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah."

Genesis 25:4, NASB: "The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All of these were the sons of Keturah."

Genesis 25:4, NLT: "Midian's sons were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. These were all descendants of Abraham through Keturah."

Genesis 25:4, CSB: "And Midian's sons were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were sons of Keturah."

What does Genesis 25:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse lists the sons of Midian, one of Abraham's six sons with Keturah. According to this chapter, Abraham had married Keturah, but Scripture does not specify whether they were married before or after the death of Sarah (Genesis 23:1–2).

The Midianites became a well-known people group and played a role in the history of Israel. Apparently occupying the deserts around Israel, Midianite traders would later sell Joseph to Potiphar in Egypt (Genesis 37:36). Moses would marry Zipporah, the daughter of a Midianite man named Reuel (Exodus 2:20–21), also known as Jethro (Exodus 18:1–4). Unfortunately, the Midianites would eventually become another of Israel's enemies in the region.